St Augustine's Catholic College

A Level Physics

The AQA Physics course enables students with a passion for Physics to deepen their knowledge and understanding and also lays the groundwork for those students wishing to pursue a career in science or engineering. Students should be confident in their mathematical skills and 40% of the marks at A level are mathematical. The course covers a broad range of topics allowing students to develop analytical, evaluation and practical skills.

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject and throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • investigating interference and diffraction of laser light

  • measuring acceleration due to gravity

  • investigating systems that oscillate

  • investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure

  • safe use of ionising radiation

  • investigating magnetic fields.

What will I study?

In Year 12 you will study:

  • Measurements and uncertainties

  • Particles and radiation

  • Waves

  • Mechanics and materials

  • Electricity

In Year 13 you will study:

  • Further mechanics

  • Fields and their consequences

  • Nuclear physics

  • Optional topic — astrophysics or medical physics

Where can Physics take me?

According to, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Physics are:

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Computer Science

  • Civil Engineering

  • Economics

  • Business

Studying A Level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

  • Geophysicist/field seismologist

  • Healthcare scientist, medical physics

  • Higher education lecturer

  • Radiation protection practitioner

  • Research scientist (physical sciences)

  • Scientific laboratory technician

  • Systems developer

  • Meteorologist

  • Structural engineer

  • Acoustic engineer